By Lena Mitchell/NEMS Daily Journal
CORINTH – The Corinth city board passed a resolution by a 5-1 vote to ask the state Legislature to approve legislation that allows the city to hold an election on the sale of liquor within the city limits. The sale of light wine and beer already is legal in Corinth.
The measure passed despite several dozen opponents who filled the board meeting room and statements by two community leaders who asked that the resolution not be approved.
Judge John Ross presented the resolution, saying he was speaking as a private citizen and not for any group. He was present with several other private individuals who were requesting approval of the resolution.
In making the motion to approve the resolution, Alderman Andrew Labas said many of his Ward 1 constituents desired a chance to vote on the issue. Ward 3 Alderman Chip Wood seconded the motion, with affirmative votes by Ward 2 Alderman Ben Albarracin, Ward 4 Alderman J.C. Hill and Ward 5 Alderman Michael McFall.
At-large Alderman Mike Hopkins voted against the motion and issued the following written statement: “I do not think all the aldermen that voted yes are representing the majority of their voters. I do not want this election and feel the majority of Corinth’s citizens do not want it. Plus, we as a city would be imposing our will on our county residents without even discussing this proposed change with our county supervisors.”
Kenny Digby of the Alcorn Baptist Association and Brother Terry Smith of Foote Street Church of Christ couched their opposition in terms of not only the moral issue, but also the method being pursued – to circumvent state law that permits a countywide election on the issue – and the cost of the election from both sides, using money that could be spent for better purposes in the community.